Umno needs to remember who saved them, says Kadir Jasin

Trinna Leong, TMI

Putrajaya has been reminded not to forget the rural folk whose vote returned them to power and will now have to bear the burden from the hike in fuel price.

The former group editor-in-chief of the Umno controlled New Straits Times Press (NSTP) Datuk A. Kadir Jasin said that the increase would burden the people, especially those who live in rural areas.

In the last election, BN won 133 parliamentary seats, with Umno picking up 88 parliamentary seats in rural Malaysia.

“The subsidy cut caused fuel prices to go up by 20 sen and so the people’s burden will increase. The finance minister said, the latest hike would save roughly RM1.1 billion,” Kadir wrote in his blog today.

“We must know what the savings would be used for. Hopefully, the focus would not be on cities alone. The government must remember who saved BN,” he said, referring to the general election on May 5.

While calling for rural folk to be cared for,  Kadir faulted Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration for overspending, causing the people to pay the price.

“On the outset, it looks like the government overspends. Expenses for the prime minister’s overseas trip have cost RM44.07 million since Najib became PM five years ago.”

“How much then did it cost to repair and renovate the (prime minister’s) official residence?” he questioned.

After the recent general elections, political analysts drew the conclusion that there was a massive shift of choice when urban and middle-class voters opted for the opposition, thus widening the gap in opinion between urban and rural Malaysia.